Microsoft is considering a new update for its PowerToys tool to
introduce a range of new features and further expand
customization options on Windows 10.
According to the roadmap, Microsoft is currently considering a
new screen recording tool, Always on Top mode, custom font
rendering feature, a brand-new Color Picker, and more for
Windows 10 PowerToys tool.
Windows 10 has a screen recording tool and it’s built into the
Game Bar. While the Game Bar based Recorder works great, it’s
not a perfect replacement for a screen recording tool.
Microsoft appears to be working on an amazingly useful tool
called Screen/GIF recorder and it’s currently part of the
PowerToys project. This new feature will allow you to record
your screen, and you’ll be able to save it as an animated GIF
or video file.
The new screen recording tool will be offered outside the Game
Bar and it will use Windows 10’s built-in screen snipping APIs.
Microsoft is currently planning to enable support for text
overlays on videos, keystrokes and cursor recording, and more.
Always on Top
Microsoft also appears to be considering a new feature called
“Always on Top” mode that will allow you to keep your favorite
app’s window floating over any other window.
Currently, Microsoft or Windows doesn’t offer a built-in way to
enable Always on Top mode for any app.
In future, users will be able to use PowerToys to enable Always
on Top mode for their apps and this will allow the app to hover
over other app windows, without disappearing.
Font rendering settings
PowerToys will get another interesting feature called “Font
Microsoft plans to offer a greater pool of settings to
customize the font rendering system with features like
smoothing mode, which could be useful if you have a computer or
laptop with high-resolution.
Color Picker 2
PowerToys already comes with a Color Picker (a free tool to
identify the value of any color on your screen) and it’s
finally getting better next year.
Color Picker 2 will align with Windows 10X’s interface, Fluent
Design, and it will also you to easily identify colors on your
Quick Terminate app
Another utility could be ‘Quick Terminate’. This
feature will allow you to terminate the app and its
background processes with one tap. Currently, you need to go
through the long list of active processes in Task Manager to
find and nuke a particular app process.
Quick Terminate will allow you to terminate the app and its
processes with a keyboard shortcut.
Microsoft also appears to be working on a new Cursor Finder
that will be activated when you press a keyboard shortcut.
Paste as plain text
When you copy content from a website and paste it in your email
or Windows apps such as Word, you’ll often find that it keeps
its original special formating.
Some apps allow users to paste as plain text using
‘Ctrl+Shift+V’ keyboard, and it looks like PowerToys will bring
this capability to all apps on Windows 10.
There is no definitive release date for the next PowerToys
update, but these features are expected to land sometime next